Get Hyped

Ever get a game that you were so freaking excited for but when you finally played it, the game was just… meh? Or, even worse, it was bad? Considering how expensive our gaming hobby can be (looking at you, $70 Nintendo Labo), it can be disappointing when a game you bought or received doesn’t live up to the hype. One example I can think of was Mario Party Top 100. Definitely wish they just re-released the first three or so Mario Party games on the 3DS or created a few new boards for the top mini-games.

The worst part of Mario Top 100 was that we were skeptical too. We knew it wasn’t going to live up to expectations but we got excited about it anyway. That made it all the more disappointing. Another one, similarly enough, was Mario Party Star Rush. I thought moving at the same time was weird, but thought it might be able to work. It didn’t. Not to mention the modes were boring and there were barely any minigames.

I remember trying to play that with you and I was not thrilled with it. I got confused because, “This isn’t a Mario Party!” It’s a shame since the earlier Mario Party games were such a huge part of our gamer childhoods. On the flip side, though, we’ve had good luck with other games we’ve been excited for. The main game at the front of my mind is Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Despite how long we’ve waited for it, the game’s gorgeous graphics, fun gameplay, and open world definitely lived up to the hype.

I asked you to play it with me because I was hoping it’d be more fun with two players… I was wrong. Oh, well. Breath of the Wild definitely lived up to the hype. And for me personally, Detective Pikachu lived up to my expectations. I actually thought it was going to be worse, but the game was better than I expected.

That’s good! I had no idea what to think of that game. I love Pokemon, but having a talking Pikachu in a detective hat was a bit random to me. Perhaps, when you’re done with it, I’ll give it a go. I recently started up Batman the Telltale Series on Steam (after having it on the account for a couple of years) and it seems better than I expected as well. The choices and controls aren’t bad at all, but I did just start it. Hopefully it continues to live up to my expectations.

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I’ll have to watch you play Batman or play it for myself at some point. I’m interested to see how that game goes as well. I’m eager to start Lumo for the Nintendo Switch. It’s a game that’s been on my list for a while and I just got it for Easter. It looks great and I hope it actually is.

We’ve actually got quite a few “new” games that we haven’t tried yet, especially a few on the Wii U that we got before the Switch came out. Kingdom Hearts just got delivered as well, so I’m hoping that game will be fun for us as well! I’ve only heard good things about it from our friends on here, so we’ll see.

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So many games and not enough time… Meanwhile, I want to re-play Animal Crossing and Paper Mario again. Go figure.

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Readers Comments (8)

  1. My very first was one of the Game and Watch Gallery games. I was excited (and keep in mind, this was waaaaaaaay long ago when all you had were GameFAQs text descriptions and maybe screenshots), then found it was a boring shallow compilation of throwaway minigames. Oh well.
    More recently it was this stealth game called Invisible Inc. An XCOM/Mario Rabbids style grid system isn’t the best anyway, but what really knocked it out was how the levels (in a genre where you NEED good level design) were randomly generated, making them universally bland. And either too easy or too hard.

    • Aw, that’s a shame that you were let down with both of those games. It’s odd how the randomly generated levels weren’t up to the task. The few games we’ve played where it randomly generated the level(s) were pretty well done. If you haven’t tried them yet, 36 Fragments of Midnight and Tallowmere did pretty well with the random levels, both found on the Switch. 36 Fragments is shorter, but trickier, and I’m not sure if Tallowmere has an ending or if it’s a game where you just try to last as long as you can.

  2. Recently Sea of Thieves failed to meet even the lowest of my expectations and I played it with friends once and by myself a few times before deleting it. Thankfully it was part of the Xbox Game Pass subscription so it only cost me the cost of the sub.
    No Man’s Sky is another that failed to hit my expectations, although I gave it a good amount of time and I hear they have improved the game a lot in the past two years. Maybe I’ll give it another try.
    And sadly, Breath of the Wild failed to meet the hype for me. I think its a good game but people were proclaiming it as such a industry changer and it just didn’t click with me. But on the flip side of that, Mario Odyssey met my hype in every way.

    • Ah, our brother in law is trying to get Rachel and me to play Sea of Thieves. We keep meaning to give it a go, but we do hear mixed reviews on it. We’ll give it a try and see what it’s like!
      I heard No Man’s Sky was a disappointment, despite all the hype it got. It sounded amazing at first, which was a shame… It was definitely pushed back on my “want to play” list and I honestly forgot about it until you mentioned it here, haha!
      As for BotW and Odyssey, I have the opposite opinion as you. Odyssey failed its hype while BotW blew it out of the water. Odyssey was a great game, but I will always choose BotW over it. Those are also my preferences — I’m more interested in games with plenty of open worlds to explore with a more compelling story. Running around levels to collect the special items/power-ups just aren’t my favorites. Like you with BotW, Odyssey just didn’t click with me. I’m glad Odyssey’s hype matched yours, though! πŸ™‚

  3. Fable III. I think that’s all I need to say.

    • You may need to say a little more, haha. I’ve never played Fable III, so I’m not sure if you mean it was too hyped up and you were disappointed, or if it matched or exceeded your expectations.

      • Oops – sorry! πŸ™‚
        Fable III was a pretty big let-down for fans of the series. The previous game was very good and had built upon the foundations laid in the first instalment, but then it all kind of went wrong somewhere along the way. Let’s hope the news about Fable 4 is true and we get something awesome!

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